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SE Minnesota Boy Scouts gear up for World Scout Jamboree

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – For the first time in 52 years, the World Scout Jamboree is happening in the United States.

Ten Boy Scouts, from Southeast Minnesota’s Gamehaven Council, departed Wednesday for the jamboree site in West Virginia.

The Gamehaven scouts are working as staff at the event, running activities like ziplines.

Additionally, they hope to learn new life lessons on things like sustainability, leadership, and socialization.

“Scouting is about putting kids in tough situations, and the Betchel Reserve offers plenty of it,” said Troop 58 Assistant Scout Master John Zeller. “We understand, the weather we’ve been having up here, the Louisiana weather that’s been moving up the coast and through the country is heading into where we’re going. So, we’re going to have some fun for the next few days and try to get some training in.”

The event, which welcomes thousands of scouts from more than 150 countries, begins next week.

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